Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I round up what I’ve read since the last update and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.
I know I just did my Roundup post, but I’m switching up my schedule a bit since it’s looking like I’ll be on the road again next week and I wanted to slip in an update before things got too crazy. So big thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and make sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!
Received for Review
From the wonderful folks at Crown Publishing, I received this gorgeous finished copy of Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett. As a big fan of the author, I should have started this book long before this, but worry not! This bad boy is coming with me on my trip and I’m looking forward to reading it at the beach.
Next up, with thanks to Ace and DAW Books, I received a finished copy of Ravencry by Ed McDonald, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s Blackwing, continuing the saga of the bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow. As well, I received an ARC of The Way of the Shield by Marshall Ryan Maresca, the start of yet another series set in the author’s world of Maradaine. This makes, what, four series now? How many can this amazing man juggle? This time, he will be taking readers deep into the inner workings of Tarian Order, an ancient warrior guild that has always stood for order, justice, and the common people.
And with thanks to Orbit comes this finished copy of Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames, another book that is high on my priority list this month and which I will be reading soon. Also, a surprise came in the form of this ARC of There Before the Chaos by K.B. Wagers, the start of a follow-up series to the author’s Indranan War trilogy. I read the first book of that one a couple years back, and was intrigued to learn of the sequel trilogy. But the great surprise of all this week was probably this next one from Orbit’s sister imprint Redhook, a beautiful ARC of The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner. This book was already peripherally on my radar, but its arrival has shot it all the way up my highly anticipated list. As if the description of magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods in this fantastical debut weren’t enough, in the package were also these pretty homemade gold feather bookmarks.
From the awesome team at Tor Books, I also received a finished copy of Denied by Cathy Clamp, the third installment in the Luna Lake novels of the Sazi. I’ve read the first book of this shapeshifter urban fantasy series, but I must have missed something because I only have hazy recollections of the second book’s release and the most part it completely passed me by. Looks like I have some catching up to do.
With thanks to Harper Voyager, I also received a surprise copy of Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey. Can you believe the Sandman Slim series is now on its tenth volume? I think I’ve only read the first two. As ever with these long-running urban fantasy series, I find it very difficult to catch up once I fall so far behind and I don’t know if I can jump in without feeling like I missed out on a ton. But I do hope I can check it out again sometime; I really like the author and his world-building and characters.
I’m also intrigued by A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block, a novella starring one of the author’s most beloved creations, the private detective Matthew Scudder. Thank you to Subterranean Press for the ARC!
And who else is curious about You May Now Kill the Bride by R.L. Stine? An author who was a staple from my 90’s childhood is revisiting his famous young adult series in Return to Fear Street, complete with a retro look and the tagline “perfect for fans of Stranger Things“. Okay, I admit I’m tempted to read this, if nothing else for a kick of nostalgia. And that’s not all; R.L. Stine seems to be quite busy these days, also bringing us Scream and Scream Again, a collection of original scary stories written by some pretty well known authors. Despite it being an anthology and targeted at Middle Grade readers, I kinda want to check this one out. With thanks to HarperTeen/HarperCollins for sending me these.
Finally, a big thank you to Titan Books for sending me a review copy of Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover by David Liss, the official prequel novel of the upcoming game for the Playstation 4 which I’m very excited about. The story will be completely new and not connected to any existing comic, game, or movie, covering both the character’s life as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. To get the full picture, I definitely want to play the game and read the book.
In the digital pile this week, I picked up an audio review copy of Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, the latest in the DC Icons series. I have my concerns with Maas’ writing, but I’m hoping that my love for Catwoman might allay some of those. With thanks to Listening Library.
From NetGalley, I also hit the download button on The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the start of a new YA paranormal series that brings readers back to the author’s Lux universe. While I’m not familiar with her older books, I’ve heard nothing but good things about her stories and hopefully this will be a good jumping on point. With thanks to Tor Teen.
And from the awesome team at Tor.com, I received an eARC of Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen, a short novel written in verse. The format is exactly what it sounds like: a series of short poems that tells the story of a young woman who runs away and comes upon a strange little house in the woods–a house that walks around on chicken legs and is inhabited by the well-known titular fairy tale witch. Not a hundred percent sure this is my kind of read, but hey, you never know.
A list of my reviews posted since the last update:
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR since the last update. More reviews coming soon!
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Let me know what you plan on checking out. Until next time, see you next Roundup!